瓜田李下

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Chinese[edit]

 
melon; claw; gourd; squash
(surname); field; farm (a surname); plum
 
under; second (of two parts); next (week, etc.); lower; below; underneath; down(wards); to decline; to go down; latter
simp. and trad.
(瓜田李下)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: in a melon patch or under a plum tree.

Originates from a longer phrase 瓜田不納履,李下不正冠瓜田不纳履,李下不正冠. It can be compared to the English-language idiom, "caught with one's hand in the cookie jar."

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Idiom[edit]

瓜田李下

  1. a position that invites suspicion; liable to lay oneself open to suspicion; be found in a suspicious position; in suspicious circumstances or surroundings